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Monrovia Police: Lost Mountain Biker - and Dog - Rescued; Drunk and Mean; Hit and Run; Car Crimes


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for March 24-26. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 398 service events, During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 398 service events, resulting in 82 investigations.

Vehicle Burglary
March 24 at 8:42 a.m., an officer was dispatched to Duarte and Encino regarding a suspicious vehicle that had the right rear door and trunk open, and appeared ransacked. Through investigation, the officer determined that the victim had parked and secured the vehicle on the night before at about 9:00 p.m. The loss was two tennis rackets and a soccer ball from the trunk. The investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
March 24 at 10:08 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 1800 block of South Mountain on the report of a recovered vehicle. A company van was reported stolen to Monrovia Police Department on March 22. The company received a call from a resident in Rowland Heights telling him a van from their company had been parked there for several days. The company had the vehicle towed back to their business in Monrovia and called police to report the vehicle had been recovered. A carpet cleaning pump had been taken from the van. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft from a Vehicle
 March 24 at 4:31 p.m., an officer responded to a parking lot in the 1700 block of South Mountain on the report of a theft from a vehicle. The victim parked her vehicle in the parking lot after lunch and went into work, but did not lock the vehicle. When she returned to it, she found someone had broken into her vehicle and the backseat was missing. The officer handling the investigation checked the area and found another vehicle that had also been burglarized. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
March 24 at 5:51 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 700 block of West Huntington. The victim had parked his company vehicle in a business parking lot. He locked the vehicle, but left a company laptop computer and a duffle bag containing a camera, cell phone, and tools on the front seat of the vehicle. He left the vehicle for approximately 20 minutes. When he returned to it, he found a window had been smashed and his property had been taken. The investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle
March 24 at 7:00 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 900 block of West Huntington. The victim parked and secured his vehicle behind his business two days earlier and possibly left the ignition key in the center console or driver's door storage compartment. When he returned, his vehicle was missing. The vehicle is described as a Gray, 2005, Ford Excursion. The investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication / Obstructing & Delaying a Peace Officer – Suspect Arrested
March 24 at 9:34 p.m., a business in the 100 block of West Foothill called police regarding a disturbing subject. An intoxicated male adult entered the store and attempted to purchase beer. The employee refused service because he seemed too intoxicated. The subject began verbally abusing the store employees and refused to leave. The officer arrived and contacted the subject, who became aggressive by getting into a fighting stance. The officer was able to quickly control the subject and arrested him without further incident. No one was injured.

Lost Mountain Biker Rescued
March 24 at 10:52 p.m., an officer was dispatched to Canyon Park regarding the report of a lost mountain biker. A 46-year-old male subject from Pomona entered the Fish Canyon area on his mountain bike at about 6:00 p.m. with his dog following him on a leash. The mountain biker was attempting to ride up the mountainous trail leading to the radio tower and became disoriented and unable to find his way back to the city limits. He rode for several hours without water and had become very thirsty. He was cold as a result of the drop in temperature and did not have warm clothing. The biker had 7% battery life on his cell phone, but was able to call his friend, a Monrovia resident, for help. The biker was able to provide the fire road number he was traveling on just before his cell phone lost complete power. The friend immediately called police to report his friend was in need of help. Monrovia dispatchers attempted to call the lost biker's cell phone but it went straight to voice mail, indicating his phone was either shut off or dead. The dispatchers conducted a search of the fire road number and discovered it to be near the Camp Trask Boy Scout Camp. All available officers were sent to the area to begin searching for the biker. Arrangements were being made for additional resources to join in the search when an officer located the biker on the main road leading to Camp Trask at approximately 11:15 p.m. The biker was thirsty and cold, but in good condition. His dog appeared fine as well.

Note: I took a wrong road down from up there and ended at a dead-end beneath a power tower. Had to push my bike a long way up a very steep road to get back to the top. Careful up there! - Brad

Grand Theft Auto
March 25 at 4:04 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from a business in the 1600 bock of South Mountain. The victim parked and secured her vehicle in the parking lot. She went into the store for about ten minutes, and when she returned to the vehicle, it was gone. The vehicle is a white, two-door, extra cab, 1997 Nissan Frontier. The hood has grey primer spots on it and it has a black lumber rack in the bed. The investigation is continuing.

Theft From a Vehicle
March 25 at 4:44 p.m., a theft from a vehicle in the 1600 block of South Myrtle was reported to police. The incident occurred the day prior on March 24. The victim parked his vehicle in the Park and Ride lot. While he was away, someone entered his vehicle and took several pairs of glasses, subwoofers, and a backpack. The investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle
March 26 at 7:43 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 400 block of West Walnut. The victim parked and secured her vehicle across from her residence in the evening. She was up late and discovered the vehicle missing at 12:10 a.m. The vehicle is a white, 1997, Ford F150 truck. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
March 26 at 8:10 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 700 block of East Huntington. The victim parked his vehicle and went inside a business. When he returned, the left rear window of his vehicle was smashed. The victim's computer and other miscellaneous items that were left in the vehicle were taken. The investigation is continuing.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
March 26 at 12:35 p.m., a citizen called police to report four homeless subjects hiding in a parking structure in the 100 block of West Lemon. They were in the southeast corner of the parking structure near a white BMW. Officers arrived and recognized them as local homeless subjects. One of the subjects was found to be in possession of a methamphetamine pipe and was arrested.

Grand Theft
March 26 at 12:54 p.m., a victim called police and reported that while he was working to the rear of a location in the 400 block of East Huntington, someone stole a pallet jack and aluminum topper for an ATM from the rental truck he was using. The investigation is continuing.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision / Vandalism
March 26 at 6:51 p.m., an officer responded to the area of Olive and Shamrock regarding a hit and run traffic collision. The officer’s investigation revealed the cause of this collision was possibly intentional and the parties possibly knew each other. Apparently, three vehicles were involved and a suspect threw a hammer at the victim's windshield. One of the suspects came to the police lobby approximately one hour after the incident in an effort to report that he was involved in a traffic collision, but he failed to provide accurate details about how the collision occurred. The investigation is continuing. At 7:14 p.m., an officer on patrol in the area of Lime and Heliotrope was flagged down by a victim who reported that someone had smashed the windshield of his vehicle. The victim did not have any further details to provide about how the incident occurred. There is a possibility this vandalism is related to the above hit and run traffic incident. The victim vehicle in this incident is the same vehicle used during a stabbing that occurred last week. The investigation is continuing

Vehicle Burglary
March 26 at 10:10 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 700 block of West Huntington. Unknown suspect(s) smashed the victim's right, rear, passenger window.The victim does not know if any of her property was taken. The incident occurred sometime between 1:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. The investigation is continuing.

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